Surgical Processing Technician Certificate
Become an important part of a healthcare team.
Explore one of the most exciting, highly technical, and specialized environments in healthcare. The surgical processing department of a healthcare facility is the center of all activity involving supplies and equipment needed for surgery and other patient care areas.
The Surgical Processing Technician program provides students with the knowledge and professional skills necessary to deliver support to all patient care areas within a healthcare facility. Students learn processes for maintaining medical instruments and devices that must be decontaminated, processed, sterilized, and distributed in hospitals and surgical centers. Graduates have in-depth knowledge of operating rooms, operating room procedures, instruments used in operating rooms, and processes for sterilizing and packaging instruments used during surgery.
Students who wish to enhance their career opportunities can apply Surgical Processing Technician program credits toward the Berkeley College Health Sciences Associate in Applied Science degree program.
- A strong foundation in both the theory and techniques of decontamination
- Hands-on learning in on-site Surgical Processing Technician laboratories that simulate the surgical processing environment
- Opportunities to practice communication and interpersonal skills needed for developing a rapport with colleagues and patients
- Valuable, practical experience gained through the completion of a Clinical Practicum at an off-campus healthcare facility
- Eligibility to sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) examination
Certified surgical processing technician eligibility
Berkeley College anticipates that its Surgical Processing Technician program will meet the requirements of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM). As a result, it is expected that graduates of the Surgical Processing Technician program will be eligible to sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) examination.
The following are Surgical Processing Technician Certificate program statistics for New Jersey. This program is expected to begin in 2013, subject to regulatory approvals and other circumstances. Berkeley reserves the right to modify programs and plans as it deems appropriate.
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Q: How much will this program cost me to complete?
A: If you begin this program in 2013, your estimated total costs for the entire program are:
Tuition and fees:
Books and supplies:
On-campus room & board:
Q: What's included?
Program costs include tuition, administrative and technology fees, background check where appropriate, and the cost of the first certification/licensure examination. Living expenses, such as room, board, and transportation, can vary considerably and are not included in the figures above. Berkeley College does not require students to live on campus.
Q: What are my financing options to pay for the program?
In addition to any grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, students may be eligible to borrow federal loans and private educational loans, and participate in institutional financing plans.
Because this is a new program, there are no relevant statistics concerning student loan debt.
Q: How long will it take me to complete this program?
This 47-credit program is designed to be completed in three academic quarters over nine months.
Because this is a new program, there are no relevant statistics concerning program completion.